Arts & Culture

ISC Students to Host Lexington Philharmonic at the Singletary Center

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2022) — Students from a University of Kentucky integrated strategic communication course, ISC 471, have spent the spring semester planning an event for the Lexington Philharmonic and UK’s Opera Theatre. Those plans will finally come to fruition 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Marc Whitt, instructor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, teaches the course, which is designed for students interested in event planning. Each semester, Whitt chooses an organization for students to plan an event. 

The event is queen-themed and explores how queens, power and games have inspired composers to make music. Some featured music will be from "The Queen’s Gambit," a television show based in Lexington, and the history of Ellington’s Queenie Pie. The program will also include a performance by members of the UK's Opera Theatre.

"I’m excited about this collaboration with the Lexington Philharmonic. Our upper-level students are perfect for these sorts of opportunities," UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey said. "Many of our master’s and doctoral students are already working as professionals and it’s so nice to be able to see them perform for a hometown audience while working with the professional musicians of the Lexington Philharmonic.  

"We also have some of our faculty members — Dr. Michael Preacely and Dr. Angelique Clay as well as some of our UK Alumni – Dr. Sarah Klopfenstein, Dr. Eric Brown and Dr. Jeryl Cunningham, as well as a member of the American Spiritual Ensemble and Broadway performer Samuel McKelton." 

The ISC 471 students are working alongside the Lexington Philharmonic on school relations, event planning, social media and public relations. Each student was assigned a team and will focus on their duties up until the event date.

Adult tickets range from $25-$75 and youth and student tickets are $11. Tickets are on sale at the door or through the Lexington Philharmonic website.

The concert lasts approximately one hour and 20 minutes, plus a 20 minute intermission.

For more information, go to the Lexington Philharmonic website at

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